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“Masculine anxiety” and male allyship

by Mar 26, 2024

Masculine anxiety and male allyship

Masculine anxiety impacts men’s mental health but also serves as an explanation for why so many are reluctant to be allies to women in the workplace

 

The next 007James Bond is reported to be British actor Aaron Taylor Johnson. Not only is he apparently the new kick-ass heartthrob on the block, but heaven forbid, he eats kale. He is also married to a woman 24 years his senior and (clutch your pearls) is a feminist. So, a shift from the rather cheesy, macho stereotypes of yesteryear, surrounded by the scantily clad Bond girls, we became accustomed to.

Around the same time, I saw an interesting post on LinkedIn, according to research from Catalyst 94% of men experience masculine anxiety in the workplace. This report defines masculine anxiety as “the distress men feel when they do not think they are living up to society’s rigid standards of masculinity.”

This masculine anxiety impacts men’s mental health but also serves as an explanation for why so many fail to step up to interrupt sexism in the workplace.  If the professional arena is a place of anxiety for men with privilege, imagine how those with fewer or no privileges experience it. There is a temptation to say “Cry me a river.” But what it highlights is that privilege doesn’t automatically guarantee emotional well-being and gender stereotypes and expectations trap us all.

And a bit like choosing a new type of James Bond we need to adjust our expectations for men and they need to do it for each other.

The Dynamics of Masculine Anxiety

Male anxiety stems from society’s norms and expectations of what male behaviour should look like and our ideas of masculinity. From a young age, we socialise boys to adhere to rigid gender roles that emphasise traits such as confidence, rationality, strength, dominance, and being calm under pressure. Consequently, when men confront situations that challenge these norms, they may experience anxiety and discomfort.

Implications for Male Allyship

The Catalyst study confirms that men with high levels of masculine anxiety are less likely to say they would support women when they face workplace sexism. They may be too concerned about their own positions in the pecking order to take the risk.

Reasons for masculine anxiety

The reasons why men feel anxious in a workplace that women feel is built for them are both numerous and nuanced. It could be around fear of judgement when they express vulnerability or support feminist causes which hinders their willingness to actively participate in allyship efforts.

With huge pressures especially from growing Influencers such as Andrew Tate and Jordan Petersen, potential male allies experience internal conflict as they try to be true to their own values. Many feel defensive and under attack as if by defending the women on their team they may have done something wrong.  This can lead to them avoiding the discussion altogether knowing they will not be welcome or accepted.

How to overcome masculine anxiety for effective allyship.

The first step has to be promoting awareness around the societal pressures that contribute to male anxiety to help men recognise and understand what is going on. When they understand gender inequity they will know that they will benefit from standing up against sexism .

Let’s Talk About Male Allyship with Robert Baker and Dorothy Dalton

When organisations establish psychological safety and inclusive spaces they should feel comfortable expressing any concerns they might have about the process of about allyship. Encouraging open dialogue and providing resources for self-reflection and growth can help alleviate male anxiety. They must challenge traditional notions of masculinity and understand that it’s OK to replace these ideas with new concepts. This is particularly true for the group of young men aged 18-24 who are showing signs of moving away from ideas of gender equality.

I hope that male allyship programmes encourage men to confront their fears, challenge societal norms. This allows men to embrace their roles as allies which is essential for fostering a more equitable workplace for all genders.

And of course they need the senior leaders in their organsiations to act as their James Bond role models to show it’s possible to be male, successful, and a feminist.

 

Our Unconscious Bias Training Workshops will improve your workplace for everyone. Find out more HERE.

 

Dorothy Dalton Administrator
Dorothy Dalton is CEO of 3Plus International. A specialist in diversity and bias conscious executive search, she supports organizations to achieve business success via gender balance, diversity and inclusion. She is CIPD qualified, and a certified coach and trainer including digital learning.
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